"After five years at veterinary school and fifteen years as a qualified vet, I saw that processed foods do immense harm and natural foods work wonders for the health of dogs and other carnivores" Dr Tom Lonsdale
This quest started because of Bailey. He has been allergy prone since he was a pup. He had some skin issues and is more prone to ear infections than his dad. I tried Vets Choice, Eukanuba for medium dogs and then Eukanuba Restricted Calorie. His allergies did seem to get under control but his weight stayed an issue. They did not get many - but I cut out any treats. They never get "human food" other than the odd 2 table spoons of plain rice maybe once every two weeks. They get walked twice a day, and we have a good run around and play at home at least once during the day. I was getting concerned but in my ignorance just carried on "in the hope"...
That's when I was told about Acana (I will be going into more detail on the various dog foods I have tried and my opinions of them in posts to follow). This to me was a far better option than what I had them on - so I switched, they loved it. Bailey's weight still did not go down and his ears still are prone.
I was desperate - the poor little guy looks uncomfortable.
I am a (human) nutritional consultant and decided I want to follow my gut in my pursuit to find something better (the best) for my hounds. I decided that I think Bailey may be wheat (and probably Gluten) intolerant.
At the time I had started doing a lot of research for people wanting to switch to a raw food (raw/vegan), my cousin had gotten me started on this.
My friend and mentor (Maxine vd Berg) mentioned making my own dog food during one of our conversations. We chatted for quite some time about cooked food and raw food - and so began my research into a doggy diet and slight switch of interest from humans to dogs.
After a few months of gathering as much information I can I have decided that I want to try this "Raw Thing".
I will be sharing with you over time some of my research, references, my decisions, my rationalisations and my conclusions. Two days ago I started my beloved hounds on a raw diet and alongside my research I will be sharing my "diary" of their reaction, their progress and so forth.
I really believe it is what would be best for my dogs. I am heading into it with an open mind so please, if any of you have input or experiences to share, opinions to give and questions to ask. We can learn together.
I hope that you will find it as interesting and enlightening as I have and enjoy (and join) the journey....